With Memorial Day and Summer inching closer in Marietta, Georgia, it’s time to start preparing your feet for the warm weather! From a foot doctor’s point of view, the best way to treat your feet is with preventative measures!
Are you the type of person who wants to wear sandals on your feet as much as possible and avoid wearing shoes? If so, please make sure to wear the best sandals possible (especially if you are putting a lot of miles on your feet). Ideally, we prefer that your wear supportive shoes with orthotics (shoe inserts). Try not to walk in sandals for a long period of time, which can trigger foot pain.
Proper sandals have the following attributes:
When our feet are exposed to the sun for long periods of time, they can get sunburns too! Applications and re-application of sunblock to your feet is very important! Melanomas and other bad foot problems can occur if not properly cared for!
Finally, make sure that your feet aren’t submerged in water for too long. When our toes and feet are wet for too long, they can become macerated (pruny/white), which can cause the skin to break down. It is also important to dry your feet off as well as possible (especially between the toes). This will help reduce that chance of getting athlete’s foot (tinea pedis).
As always (but especially in the summer), stay hydrated, properly stretch your feet and ankles before activities, change your socks if they get wet, and clean your feet.
If you are experiencing anything abnormal with your feet (such as plantar fasciitis, foot warts (plantar warts), ingrown toenails, or a foot injury), please reach out to our Podiatrist!